behavior modification

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Behavior modification is a powerful subject, yielding sometimes unexpectedly successful results. The tale of the professor who is tricked into lecturing from atop a chair by his clever class who conditions him through a response mechanism of applause or inattention is a humorous anecdote that highlights just how successful behavior modification can be. Though not an exact science, especially when applied to humans, behavior can often be influenced through outside interactions and can often result in lasting changes. It is thought that almost all early human and animal instinct is learned through unintentional conditioning by parents. However, there are many different methods of behavior modification, all with their particular caveats and unique implementations. An understanding of a myriad of these techniques is necessary before behavior modification should be attempted so as to know which skill would be most applicable. The traditional style of behavior modification is known as classical, or Pavlovian conditioning so named after psychologist Ivan Pavlov. His most well-known experiment involved conditioning his dog to salivate upon hearing a ringing bell. The method used is relatively
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course PSYC 101 taught by Professor Graham during the Spring '07 term at UCSD.

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